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Restrained Crying: $50 Banshee Wailing: $100 Crying & Rolling on the Ground: $150 Threatening to Jump in the Grave: $250 Uncovering a Murder Mystery: PRICELESS Nothing will bring your acting career to a crashing halt like literally crashing through the stage floor. But that’s exactly what happened to Mayme Buckley. Now she just wishes she could turn back time. Unfortunate Restrained Crying: $50 Banshee Wailing: $100 Crying & Rolling on the Ground: $150 Threatening to Jump in the Grave: $250 Uncovering a Murder Mystery: PRICELESS Nothing will bring your acting career to a crashing halt like literally crashing through the stage floor. But that’s exactly what happened to Mayme Buckley. Now she just wishes she could turn back time. Unfortunately, doing so means moving back home with her 90stastic parents and taking whatever bit part the town of Asheville is willing to throw her way. Hopefully without any injuries this time! First up, the role of Professional Mourner, and this time her leading man is a dead guy. Despite a performance worthy of a Tony, Mayme’s captive audience have.... questions. Like how could the cantankerous supervisor of the town’s moving company land a hot fiancee like Mayme while he was alive? And was his death really an accident? Mayme’s not too sure, and It’s up to her to find out. Otherwise, her newest role of a lifetime just may lead her six feet under. Find out whodunit in this hilarious mystery series filled with fake tears and a very real body count...


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Restrained Crying: $50 Banshee Wailing: $100 Crying & Rolling on the Ground: $150 Threatening to Jump in the Grave: $250 Uncovering a Murder Mystery: PRICELESS Nothing will bring your acting career to a crashing halt like literally crashing through the stage floor. But that’s exactly what happened to Mayme Buckley. Now she just wishes she could turn back time. Unfortunate Restrained Crying: $50 Banshee Wailing: $100 Crying & Rolling on the Ground: $150 Threatening to Jump in the Grave: $250 Uncovering a Murder Mystery: PRICELESS Nothing will bring your acting career to a crashing halt like literally crashing through the stage floor. But that’s exactly what happened to Mayme Buckley. Now she just wishes she could turn back time. Unfortunately, doing so means moving back home with her 90stastic parents and taking whatever bit part the town of Asheville is willing to throw her way. Hopefully without any injuries this time! First up, the role of Professional Mourner, and this time her leading man is a dead guy. Despite a performance worthy of a Tony, Mayme’s captive audience have.... questions. Like how could the cantankerous supervisor of the town’s moving company land a hot fiancee like Mayme while he was alive? And was his death really an accident? Mayme’s not too sure, and It’s up to her to find out. Otherwise, her newest role of a lifetime just may lead her six feet under. Find out whodunit in this hilarious mystery series filled with fake tears and a very real body count...

30 review for Mourning Crisis

  1. 4 out of 5

    JoAn

    Mourning Crisis by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is an often laugh-out-loud cozy mystery which showcases a new profession in cozy mysteries - professional mourners. Although this is book six in this series, it can easily be read as a stand alone book as each book in the series is written by a different author with a separate cast of characters. Mayme Buckley has come home to Asheville, NC after her New York acting career has crashed - literally. She still wants to become an actress but finds nothing at Mourning Crisis by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is an often laugh-out-loud cozy mystery which showcases a new profession in cozy mysteries - professional mourners. Although this is book six in this series, it can easily be read as a stand alone book as each book in the series is written by a different author with a separate cast of characters. Mayme Buckley has come home to Asheville, NC after her New York acting career has crashed - literally. She still wants to become an actress but finds nothing at the local community theaters. Then she interviews at Exit Stage Left and is hired to be the fiancee' of a dead man. The more Mayme gets to know the family and friends the more questions she has regarding the man's death. With a quickly paced plot, several suspicious family members and friends, and a handsome police Detective, Mayme has her hands full while playing the part of the grieving fiancee'. An amazing afternoon read and I'm looking forward to reading the other books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Disney14604

    Great addition to this collection. Do not worry each book can be read by itself. they do not connect to each other except that they are all hired by the same firm in the same town. In other words , each book is its own entity.. This is my third book in this collection. I loved it. I really like the character's sense of responsibly to her job assignment. How she commits to following through and stands up for her fiance and against those who creep her out. Got me with the who done it. Thought early Great addition to this collection. Do not worry each book can be read by itself. they do not connect to each other except that they are all hired by the same firm in the same town. In other words , each book is its own entity.. This is my third book in this collection. I loved it. I really like the character's sense of responsibly to her job assignment. How she commits to following through and stands up for her fiance and against those who creep her out. Got me with the who done it. Thought early on that was acting strangely but fell for it. Even started to suspect someone else. Got me. Love when I get fooled. This is my hones and freely given review. I did receive an ARC book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Wilson

    Mourning Crisis, (Funeral Fakers #6) Carolyn Ridder Aspenson's newest Cozy Mystery is a laugh out loud reading delight. Mayme Buckley deserves an Oscar for her performance as the grieving fiance of the newly deceased. Enter the handsome Police Detective, who only wants to protect her, and you have a who done it that keeps you guessing until the end. This is a page turner. Mayne won't stop until she finds the answers to the questions she has. A crazy cast of characters fills the pages. Although th Mourning Crisis, (Funeral Fakers #6) Carolyn Ridder Aspenson's newest Cozy Mystery is a laugh out loud reading delight. Mayme Buckley deserves an Oscar for her performance as the grieving fiance of the newly deceased. Enter the handsome Police Detective, who only wants to protect her, and you have a who done it that keeps you guessing until the end. This is a page turner. Mayne won't stop until she finds the answers to the questions she has. A crazy cast of characters fills the pages. Although this is book #6, in the series, it doesn't appear that this series must be read in any order.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    What a great read! Loved the idea of the professional mourner who is totally prepared with a full file of facts. Meyme did an amazing job and gave more than her all to discover what really happened to the dearly departed. Loved the high school crush. Great attitude, great character. So many laughs. Great mystery. Lots of suspects. Loved this book! Would make a great series starter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    Mourning Crisis is Book 6 in the Funeral Fakers. This is a stand alone book but the other books in the series are equally fantastic! First things first, the premise of this book is nothing short of brilliant and not done before. Introducing the role of Professional Mourner! That is right. In this book we meet Mayme Buckley, in the starring role of Fiance to the towns grumpy supervisor of the towns moving company. Everyone has questions about his death and its up to Mayme to discover who did it. T Mourning Crisis is Book 6 in the Funeral Fakers. This is a stand alone book but the other books in the series are equally fantastic! First things first, the premise of this book is nothing short of brilliant and not done before. Introducing the role of Professional Mourner! That is right. In this book we meet Mayme Buckley, in the starring role of Fiance to the towns grumpy supervisor of the towns moving company. Everyone has questions about his death and its up to Mayme to discover who did it. This book is LAUGH OUT LOUD hilarious and a great mystery. The characters are well developed and I wanted to be Mayme's friend, seriously. The plot was so well thought out and the ending definitely surprised me. I did not figure this one out. Again, kudos for the concept of the Professional Mourners, that is highly creative and downright hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed this book .

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Basnight

    This was definitely a different twist of career choices for sleuths in a cozy mystery book which was refreshing since it was unique. Mayme Buckley wants to be an actress and her career in New York didn’t go as planned so she ended up coming back home to Asheville, North Carolina. None of the theatre groups would hire her so she had to improvise and obtain a job as a fake mourner to still be able to act. She was hired to play the mourning fiancée of the murdered man. The family and friends of the This was definitely a different twist of career choices for sleuths in a cozy mystery book which was refreshing since it was unique. Mayme Buckley wants to be an actress and her career in New York didn’t go as planned so she ended up coming back home to Asheville, North Carolina. None of the theatre groups would hire her so she had to improvise and obtain a job as a fake mourner to still be able to act. She was hired to play the mourning fiancée of the murdered man. The family and friends of the deceased had lots of suspects to choose from. A man that she really liked in high school and now wants to date her is currently on the police force and she is trying to keep him from revealing her true identity to the family until she can figure out who the real murderer is. Mayme gets herself into some precarious situations while trying to maintain her story as the grieving fiancée that none of the family or friends had met. Good story and it kept me guessing until the end of who the murderer was and why he was killed. This is the first in the series that I have read and didn’t feel lost reading it without reading the others first.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Booksare4ever

    Loved the book! It had some pretty cool twists and turns. It's part of a whole series, but each book can be read by itself. The only thing that put me off a little bit was the constant daddy this, daddy that. It might be a southern thing, but for me as a European it sounded a bit off to say that to your father as an adult. Otherwise the book was really cool, it was the first one I've read in the series as I love Carolyn's books. Now I have to see how I can get my hands on the others in the series Loved the book! It had some pretty cool twists and turns. It's part of a whole series, but each book can be read by itself. The only thing that put me off a little bit was the constant daddy this, daddy that. It might be a southern thing, but for me as a European it sounded a bit off to say that to your father as an adult. Otherwise the book was really cool, it was the first one I've read in the series as I love Carolyn's books. Now I have to see how I can get my hands on the others in the series. The book is about Mayme who wanted to become a big star in New York and failed at that, not to her own fault. So she moves back home in dire need of a job and feeling the urge to keep trying to make it as an actress. That's where it all begins. If you love cozy mysteries, this is the series for you! I recommend!

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Berg

    I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review. I am so sorry to see this series end. Mayme has returned home after having problems in New York while working in an off-Broadway play. She wants to keep acting and none of the community theaters will hire her, so she goes to "Exit Stage Left" where she is hired as a professional mourner. Too bad her first gig is as the fiancee of a cranky man, who no one believes would have a fiancee. She renews her old friendship I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review. I am so sorry to see this series end. Mayme has returned home after having problems in New York while working in an off-Broadway play. She wants to keep acting and none of the community theaters will hire her, so she goes to "Exit Stage Left" where she is hired as a professional mourner. Too bad her first gig is as the fiancee of a cranky man, who no one believes would have a fiancee. She renews her old friendship with a Police Detective who she crushed on in high school. While pretending to be the deceased man's fiancee she starts to have doubts about the reason for his death and asks her old friend for some help. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John A. Sillasen

    As a Funeral Fakers Story, It's a Good Read As a Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, I was Looking Forward to Ghosts! Ridder Aspenson is great story teller. Her characters are rich and the story lines deep. In this series where a different author writes a new saga in the Exit Stage Ruthie Professional Mourners business, this tale fits the genre quite well. Carolyn alluded to her main character seeing a shadow she believes is a ghost but drops it there. Fans of Carolyn Ridder Aspenson know many of her series As a Funeral Fakers Story, It's a Good Read As a Carolyn Ridder Aspenson, I was Looking Forward to Ghosts! Ridder Aspenson is great story teller. Her characters are rich and the story lines deep. In this series where a different author writes a new saga in the Exit Stage Ruthie Professional Mourners business, this tale fits the genre quite well. Carolyn alluded to her main character seeing a shadow she believes is a ghost but drops it there. Fans of Carolyn Ridder Aspenson know many of her series center around seeing, working with and solving crimes with ghostly assistance. I was hoping she would take us there with this story but she didn't. Still, a good read if you are a fan of the Funeral Fakers Series, I was hoping for more as a fan of this author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    E

    This series is very different than any other cozy mysteries that I have read so far. Each book is written by a different author and can be read as a standalone. What the books have in common is that each main character is a "fallen" star that goes to work for a professional mourning service. Clients hire these actresses to mourn their loved ones at funerals and family gatherings. What you end up with, is a bunch of crazy fun characters that keep the story interesting. This is book six and one of This series is very different than any other cozy mysteries that I have read so far. Each book is written by a different author and can be read as a standalone. What the books have in common is that each main character is a "fallen" star that goes to work for a professional mourning service. Clients hire these actresses to mourn their loved ones at funerals and family gatherings. What you end up with, is a bunch of crazy fun characters that keep the story interesting. This is book six and one of my favorites out of all of them. It was well written, I could follow the characters/story and I really enjoyed reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn 2 Girls & A Book

    Six authors write about six out of work actresses who all end up taking jobs as professional funeral mourners. Who knew this is a thing? With a job as a funeral faker, you know hijinks are going to ensue. How can they not? Mourning Crisis is a humorous southern mystery from Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. Her out of work actress, Mayme, has her work cut out for her as she plays funeral faker Ivy Sawyer whose fiance has died suddenly. Turn on the red neck southern charm! This fast paced mystery left me Six authors write about six out of work actresses who all end up taking jobs as professional funeral mourners. Who knew this is a thing? With a job as a funeral faker, you know hijinks are going to ensue. How can they not? Mourning Crisis is a humorous southern mystery from Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. Her out of work actress, Mayme, has her work cut out for her as she plays funeral faker Ivy Sawyer whose fiance has died suddenly. Turn on the red neck southern charm! This fast paced mystery left me laughing and blessing everyone's heart.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barb Foerst

    Mayme has returned home from NY in disgrace. She fell thru the floor while performing in an off-Broadway production. She's ready to do community theater hoping to work her way back to NY. No one wants Mayme, so she begins work at a night job opening and sorting mail. Her co-worker suggests working at Exit Stage Left which is some sort of acting agency. Mayme is hired as a professional mourner. This is a fun mystery. It is a part of a 6 book series that has different characters. This is the only Mayme has returned home from NY in disgrace. She fell thru the floor while performing in an off-Broadway production. She's ready to do community theater hoping to work her way back to NY. No one wants Mayme, so she begins work at a night job opening and sorting mail. Her co-worker suggests working at Exit Stage Left which is some sort of acting agency. Mayme is hired as a professional mourner. This is a fun mystery. It is a part of a 6 book series that has different characters. This is the only one that I've read at this time. Read this and enjoy!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea B.

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery series! I love that each book was written by a different author. A fun way of finding new authors while reading one of my favorite genres. Mourning Crisis was a good final edition. A few things bugged me here and there and there were some editing issues, but the plot kept me reading. I liked how the romance storyline felt wrapped up in the end vs the others in the series, which felt more like they would continue to develop in future books. I wish there were mor I really enjoyed this cozy mystery series! I love that each book was written by a different author. A fun way of finding new authors while reading one of my favorite genres. Mourning Crisis was a good final edition. A few things bugged me here and there and there were some editing issues, but the plot kept me reading. I liked how the romance storyline felt wrapped up in the end vs the others in the series, which felt more like they would continue to develop in future books. I wish there were more in this series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne Donaldson

    The last of the Funeral Fakers, this has another down-on-her-luck/recently fired actress pretending to be a mourner at the funeral of someone whose death, it becomes clear, was not an accident. Mayme is one of the most likable of the Funeral Fakers, and the story flows to an inevitable, but moderately unexpected, end. While not my favorite of the series, this is up there with that one, and it's a good read. I received an advance copy of this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Castor

    Very good!! I would love if there were more books in this series as they are so interesting to read. In this book, Mayme has returned to Ashville after her off-Broadway career ends in disaster. She ends up as a funeral faker and realizes that the man she is pretending to mourn was actually murdered. She begins to investigate to get justice for the dead man. Truly enjoyed this book and the entire series. The characters and plotlines were very intriguing and entertaining!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Irene Sauman

    I've read the earlier ones in this series, some better than others, but this was my least favourite. A bit too southern for one. It seemed the author struggled to find enough to write to fill the word count. It is always irritating when the main character is sent off alone somewhere, knowing it is dangerous, just to create some crisis that is supposed to keep the reader reading. I only finished this book because I'd chosen in a challenge.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nati

    A funny but intense story. Maymen is back in Ashville after a great failure in a play in Off-Broadway. She needs a job but she wants to keep acting so when she gets the offer to act as a fake mourner in a funeral she jumps to the offer. But everything surrounding the dead an de his family seems wrong to Maymen. Can she find the truth?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamra Delasalle Padgett

    Being a professional mourner is not as easy as it sounds. You have to convince those closest to the deceased that you are truly real. Will your career go up in shambles when people start questioning what really happened? This was such a fun series full of laughs, twist and turns and drama. Make sure to grab your copies of each one and enjoy reading these witty stories.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the 6th in the series. The main character is Mayme who comes back home after falling through the floor in a New York play. Sure that it is only for a little while. She takes on the only acting job she can.....as a girl friend of a man who has died and has a very strange family. She comes to realize the man was murdered but by who ? Can she figure it out in time ?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne Turnley

    Is it acting or lying? Maybe has always wanted to be an actress. After high school she went to New York and studied acting. She had some small success until her first starting role when she literally fell through the stage floor. Home again in North Carolina, she struggles to find herself.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Low 3 Unfortunately I felt like the mystery itself was squeezed between the personal stuff about the MC, which kept it from getting enough space to develop. Also I've read others in this series and felt like the personal part in the beginning was too similar to that with another character, so it felt repetitive even though I've read plenty of books in between.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Starla B

    I enjoyed this last book in the Funeral Fakers series. I resonated with the character, and I was actually surprised by the ending. I love it when that happens! A great way to round off this 6-book series! I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juneta Key

    Cute funny wrap up to a six book series. Funny quirky characters in a totally unusual situation. Professional mourners. That just sounds funny. Mystery and laughs. Definitely worth a read. I volunteer to read an ARC and this is my honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leah Hines

    This story has humor, mystery, and a sweet romance. The characters are great and the story line is very original. I want to go back and read the other books in this series by the other authors. I love Mayme and her family.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sally Hannoush

    This is the sixth book of the series but can be read as a stand alone. Different authors wrote the different books. The funeral fakers story has romance and a murder. This book was fun and the first I read from the collection. I look forward to more. Great characters and writing

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carole Craddock

    This book was a nice surprise! The series appears to be a standalone collection, and I started with this one because it was written by one of my favorite authors. What an unusual take on a cozy mystery! I enjoyed it very much, and am now curious about the other books in the series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    It was a good, clean cozy This was the first book I’ve read by this author, and I found it to be repetitive, not the series, but this book itself. The characters are likable, and the conflict was resolved.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maryteresa

    Brain candy This was a delightful cozy mystery that is great for reading when you added stressed or just in need of brain candy to recharge yourself. Quirky characters, light romance and a few twists. Best is all not a lot of unnecessary description. Delightful

  29. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Mourning Crisis is a fun cozy mystery that will keep you laughing, shaking your head and rolling your eyes (hard to do when you're reading). The clichés cracked me up! Very Southern!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Posey

    Humorous and interesting to boot!!! Series must read!!!

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